Alianza MX
University of California

Responsible for the management and leadership of University of California Alianza MX.

Aaron Melaas, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Research and Innovation

Director Asociado de Investigación e Innovación

Responsible for directing multi-campus, multi-disciplinary research programs and projects involving collaboration between UC faculty, students, and researchers and partner institutions in Mexico. Also responsible for the coordination of historic programs through UC MEXUS as well as the development and execution of new binational initiatives in innovation and entrepreneurship.


Anaid Linares Rojas

Research Engagement Coordinator

Coordinadora de Vinculación de Investigación

Responsible for engaging with representatives from higher education, government, and other organizations to enhance research development opportunities; designing, implementing, and evaluating binational research programs; and coordinating events and other academic activities from Casa de la Universidad de California in Mexico City.


Academic Research and Programs Officer

Oficial de Investigación y Programas Académicos

Responsible for coordinating research and academic programs, including UC MEXUS Programs and other initiatives, tracking ongoing research supported by Alianza MX, supporting Mexican graduate students enrolled in the UC system, and helping UC students find research opportunities in Mexico.

Andrea Galván Vélez

Associate Director of Academic Exchange and Continuing Education

Directora Asociada de Intercambio Académico y Educación Continua

Responsible for engaging with higher education, government, and non-profit and private sector organizations from both California and Mexico interested in promoting educational exchanges. The Associate Director of Student Affairs and Extension is responsible for the development, implementation, and ongoing assessment of programs, courses, events, and other academic activities from Casa de la Universidad de California in Mexico.

Veronica Sandoval

Academic Exchange and Continuing Education Coordinator

Coordinadora de Intercambio Académico y Educación Continua

Responsible for facilitating system-wide collaborations for the development of student mobility in the UC campuses with Mexico and actively advancing UC Alianza MX’s objectives in student exchange, extension courses, and program opportunities.

Veronica Barroso

Associate Director of Operations for Casa de California

Directora Asociada de Operaciones de Casa de California

Responsible for overseeing the administration and development of activities as well as providing logistical support for special events from Casa de la Universidad de California en México.